12/05/2017 BBC Newsline


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A Londonderry businessman who played a key role in the peace process

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Brendan Duddy spent more than two decades acting as an intermediary

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between the IRA's Army Council and British intelligence.

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His Derry home was used as a venue for secret meetings.

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Here's our North-West reporter, Keiron Tourish.

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This was a rare glimpse into the secret life of a two-year-old

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Brendan Duddy. The official handover of his private papers to Galway

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University five years ago. Documenting his work during the

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Troubles. The prominent dairy businessman who had suffered a

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stroke in 2010 had been helping to build the peace process since the

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1970s. The father of six was the subject of a major documentary by

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BBC journalist Peter Taylor. He has been reporting on Northern Ireland

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for many decades. He revealed that the more than 20 years, Brendan

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Duddy was a secret intermediary between individuals the British

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security services and the IRA's bowling Council through Martin

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McGuinness. It was claimed those contacts ultimately led to the IRA

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ceasefire and Good Friday Agreement. The first thing to do was to replace

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the bombings and the killings with dialogue. It seems simple but that

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was the essence of everything, dialogue. And every day of peace was

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a life saved. This is a simple room in a simple family house. This is

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where it all happened. One man who played a similar role as an

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intermediary between the IRA and the British Government says Brendan

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Duddy's rule was significant. From the early days, I do remember him

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saying it is inevitable, it is necessary, it is a must that the

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British must talk to the IRA and the IRA must talk to the British, so I

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think his biggest legacy is that his analysis was correct and his

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persistency ultimately came to the place he thought it would. Many

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observers believe that ultimately it is the work done away from the glare

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of publicity that helps establish and maintain a peace process. The

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full extent of the significant role of Brendan Duddy may never be known

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publicly. Tony Blair has warned that

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a hard border after Brexit But the former prime minister

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has said he believes there is a consensus in British

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politics to avoid that outcome. Mr Blair was addressing a group

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of MEPs in County Wicklow, a meeting also attended by the EU's

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chief Brexit negotiator Here's our economics and business

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editor, John Campbell. Few prime ministers have devoted as

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much time to Ireland as Tony Blair. His policies culminated in the

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signing of the Good Friday Agreement. Now he says he is

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extremely anxious to make sure Brexit doesn't imperil that

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agreement. There is a really common desire whenever other issues are in

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relation to Brexit to make Northern Ireland a special case and make sure

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that we do everything we possibly can to protect the Good Friday

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Agreement, the peace process, and to protect that strong relationship

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between the Republic of Ireland and the UK going forward. Thank you very

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much. Among Mr Blair's audience was the EU's Brexit negotiator, Michel

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Barnier. Later, Michel Barnier headed to Monaghan, do hear the

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concerns of businesses and community leaders. Yesterday, he said there

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would have to be some form of customs controls after Brexit.

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Nobody wants to see the return of disruptive checks like these. There

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are hopes a so-called smart border, using technology in like numberplate

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recognition can be put in place, but Michel Barnier says he does not have

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any answers yet and is still listening to ideas. Let us work, let

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us work. I need to do work. We need to find a solution, technical and

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operational solutions. He added that he appreciates how serious Brexit is

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for the agricultural and food industries. They stand to be worst

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affected by any new tariffs. One of the food exporters he met said his

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concerns appeared to have been taken on board. He certainly appeared very

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open-minded. He engaged fully with all of the participants that I have

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to say he was not here to offer solutions, but he was listening to

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the people and he wanted us to engage with them and offer solutions

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for people in Ireland and particularly in the border region.

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So Michel Barnier's visit has ended without is learning much about what

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Brexit will really mean for the border. But we will be hearing a lot

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more from him over the next couple of years.

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A man who murdered a west Belfast student and amateur boxer has been

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34-year-old Turkish national Orhan Koca,

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of no fixed address, admitted killing Eamon Magee Junior.

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He died after being stabbed in the chest and stomach

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He had been hoping to follow in the footsteps of his father,

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The families of ten people shot dead by the army in west Belfast in 1971

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have welcomed the setting of a date for a full inquest into the deaths.

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The hearing into the Ballymurphy killings will begin in September

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next year and is expected to last three months.

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That is for the work that needs to be done and for families like

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yourselves that have waited all these years, closure is what they

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have been campaigning for and we hope that our loved ones will be

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declared innocent. Sport, and the main day's racing

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at the North West 200 will take place tomorrow -

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but one fan favourite One team not competing tomorrow is

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Honda Racing, who have withdrawn because of John McGuinness's crash.

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We are joined by our expert, Steve Parrish. Steve, big problems for

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them. Yes, very much so. Bearing in mind their track record here, they

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have had so much success year and it is really bad. Initially, it came to

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your broken his leg and it was a compound fracture of his lower leg

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and he also has two broken vertebrae is, three broken ribs, and he is

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banged up. Begley, the safety features you at the North West 200

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have got a lot better and he will be making a full recovery. Yes, best

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wishes to him. What kind of day are we expecting tomorrow? A

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barnstormer. How jihad is something to prove as does Glenn Irwin, riding

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the big Ducati. It just goes on. There is an enormous field of very

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fast riders and conditions were good for tomorrow and I am very excited.

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I probably will not sleep tonight. OK, Steve, thank you very much. You

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can see it all live on the BBC sport website and on the BBC Facebook page

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and also commentary on BBC Radio Ulster.

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Ballymena United have scored a victory. Although the goals arrived

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in the second half of the game. Only four Glenn Aven to equalise when

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Bruce Marshall reacted first to volley home for close range. Kevin

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Brummitt was the hero as time ticked down, the substitute scoring against

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his former club. He put them into the European competition for the

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first time in 28 years. Internat's relegation play-off, Carrick Rangers

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preserve their top-flight status, decent eating Institute for having

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one. Coming up next week...BBC

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Newsline's Mark Simpson tells us the inside story of the recent

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return to Mauritius, Six years after Michaela McAreavy

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was murdered, her family are still seeking justice. There are things

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that will stay with me for the rest of my life. So they came here, many

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miles from home. They appealed to the people of Mauritius for help.

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They put pressure on politicians, and they returned to the scene of

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the crime. And that's on BBC One

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Northern Ireland next Onto the weekend weather forecast

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now, with Cecilia Daly. Hello there. It is a bit of a mixed

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bag this weekend. There will be some rain at times, particularly on

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Saturday, some damp weather to start with. It improves and brightens up

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but then there will be more showers later on. On Sunday, Sun sank to

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begin with but some scattered showers in the afternoon. Blustery

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at times. It will not be a cold wind. Not much win night but wet at

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times. Bring living from east to west. Low cloud and mist over the

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hills and also in parts of the east coast. It is a mild night so it will

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stay mild into Saturday morning, but also dull and damp to begin with.

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The rain will become patchy as well. Damp weather to begin with tomorrow,

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if you are heading to the North West 200, bear striking up as the day

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goes on. Showers before the afternoon is finished. Let's look at

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the bigger picture. Cloudy with rain across parts of Scotland and

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northern England. Right across the Republic of Ireland, Wales, and

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Central and southern counties of England. More cloud with showery

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rain over south-west Ireland and that will also come northwards later

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in the day. Or the Balmoral show, it looks damp to begin with but then

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becoming drier and brighter. Showers later in the day. Writers guys, with

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some dry weather for a time tomorrow before some more showers develop in

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the day. Most of that wet weather will cleared through by Sunday

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morning, leading some sunshine and just a few showers on Sunday

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afternoon. That is it until 615 tomorrow evening. Good night.

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